Bishop Joseph Tyson was born in Moses Lake and at an early age moved to Seattle with his family. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1989. His degrees include a Bachelor in Russian and Eastern European Studies and Editorial Journalism from the University of Washington, a Masters in International Relations from the Jackson School of International Studies, a Masters of Divinity from the Catholic University of America, as well as an honorary degree from St. Martin’s University. In 2005, he was consecrated Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle and named Vicar General. From 2008-2011, he served as Superintendent of Catholic Schools. He was installed as Bishop of Yakima in 2011and also serves as a member of the USCCB’s sub-committees for the Catholic Communications Campaign, National Collections, and Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees.